I’m looking for other people’s opinions of Bramber boat trailers; I have my own opinion based on the experiences we have had but I’m trying to find out if this is a one of experience or whether other people have the same opinion as myself.
I’ll start by telling you all about what we have & the experiences we have had.
In January this year we picked up a new Humber Assault 5.5m Rib with a Suzuki 70hp 4-stroke engine, all on a new Bramber RG2/650 rollerglide trailer.
This trailer is designed to carry 650Kgs, the boat should weigh 250Kgs, the engine 150Kgs, so with fuel, A frame Anchor & all the other odds & sods this should be within the limit of the trailer.
The second time we used the boat one of the Wobble Roller spindles snapped while towing, sending the rollers flying down the road.
After contacting Bramber they sent me a new spindle free of charge, which arrived within a couple of days.
A few weeks later this new spindle was bent & starting to show signs of cracking, I contacted Bramber again this time asking if the trailer should have a keel roller as well as the Wobble Rollers.
They agreed a keel roller may be of benefit & sent me a new spindle & a keel roller; again these were free of charge & arrived within a couple of days.
The next problem we had was when winching the boat on the trailer; the boat rolled back off the trailer, the lock on the winch would not lock into the gears. On close inspection the side plates on the winch were so thin they had twisted out of shape. Again I contacted Bramber, their response this time was “Humber must have ordered the trailer with the wrong winch & they would sell me one that would do the job or get back in touch with Humber to get a replacement”
I decided to get & new stronger winch locally.
We have had lots of problems with the breaks locking & sticking, but with it having ALKO hubs & bearings we need to get replacement caps before we can take hubs off to have a look. This now has to be done before we can use the trailer again because the breaks are only working on one side.
Coming back from Cornwall on Saturday, part of the frame to stop the boat coming forward snapped off the winch post at the weld. It was a good job I had straps on the back of the boat to the trailer, as well as straps & chain from the front of the boat to the draw-bar & a couple of straps over the tubes. Because while going down hill I had to break & could see the boat coming forward about 6” when the bracket snapped.
2 hours later I was back on the road after a local recovery firm managed to get the trailer back to their place & weld the broken bit back on.
Now have I been unlucky with this trailer or have other people had similar problems ?